Resources: Summer Opportunities

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)and Amgen Scholars Program

The Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University offers the opportunity for hands-on biology related laboratory research. This is a chance to experience the joys of discovering something completely new while learning to overcome the challenges inherent in scientific research. Most students work either on the Morningside Heights campus or in the biomedical labs at Columbia's Health Sciences Center. You may apply to SURF if you are currently a junior, sophomore, or first-year student in Columbia College, Barnard College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, or the School of General Studies. For Amgen, you must be a sophomore or junior. No previous research experience is necessary, and you do not need to be a biology major to apply. Students are expected to work full-time for the duration of the program. The programs run for 10 weeks, from May 26th through July 31st, 2009.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine

This program offers 50 college students each summer an exceptional opportunity to conduct original research in a laboratory at one of the world's top-ranking scientific institutions. The program is designed for undergraduates with a strong background in science who are considering a research career. SURP students arrive at Einstein in mid-June and spend nine weeks working in a laboratory. Students are matched to a laboratory in the area of interest they indicate on their application. At the end of the program, students present their research in a poster session.

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)


This is a FREE (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation. Program Offerings Include: Academic enrichment in the basic sciences (organic chemistry, physics, biology, and pre-calculus/calculus), Career development, Learning-skills seminar, Limited clinical exposure, a financial-planning workshop. The program takes places at several universities each summer, including Yale, Duke, and Columbia.

Emergency Department Clinical Exposure and Mentoring Program

Volunteer in a busy urban emergency department at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, shadow an ER physician, conduct clinical research, and participate in community service activities. African-American, Hispanic or Native American college students and premedical Post Baccalaureate students are eligible. Students intending to reapply to medical school after one unsuccessful application can also apply.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)at NYU School of Medicine

The Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences of New York University's School of Medicine offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) for qualified sophomores and juniors who are interested in pursuing research careers as PhD or MD/PhD candidates.

Bioethical Cross-cultural Educational Program (BioCEP)

BioCEP is a two week intensive summer internship program designed to promote educational and cultural exchange in Bioethics and Public Health (medical tourism, emerging infections, stem cell research, reproductive medicine, HIV, abortion, etc) with students from Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. The program includes lectures, student discussions, professional visits to clinics, research labs, hospices, and cultural tours. An additional optional two-week clinical internship is also available. All undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.

Montefiore Medical Center's Health Opportunities Program (Monte-HOP)

This program is for college freshmen and sophomores who are Hispanic/Latino-American, Black/African-American or American Indian. It promotes, educates, and encourages underserved youth to pursue careers within the health fields by providing valuable knowledge and professional skills through interactive workshops, mentorship by physicians, observation of physician-patient interactions, lecture activities and independent learning.

The Diversity Students Summer Research Opportunity Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine

This program offers 8.5 weeks of biomedical research. Those taking a part of it must also participate in two weekly seminars a week. Only current juniors and sophomores are qualified with at least a 3.0 science GPA and one year of biology and chemistry with lab. Benefits include $3000 fellowship and free campus housing to those who cannot commute.

Northeast Regional Alliance MedPrep Scholars Program

**ALL FRESHMEN SHOULD APPLY* The MedPrep Program spans for three straight summers. The first summer you will receive academic prep in the basic sciences. Second summer you will gain MCAT preparation and clinical experience and the last summer you will get research experience. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA and a resident of the NYC five boroughs, Weschester of NJ. Throughout the entire program, you will receive individualized educational planning.

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